What to do next if you feel depressed

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Telling someone is the first step to getting better.
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If you think you could be depressed, it's best to go and talk to your doctor about it. If you are not ready to go to a doctor, call one of the support services listed below. Talking to a supportive family member, friend, or another health professional can also help.

Some people don’t seek help because they feel like nothing will help, or that they should be strong enough to solve their own problems. This may be the depression talking — feeling worthless, guilty and pessimistic about the future are symptoms of depression.

If you feel life is not worth living, you need to get help immediately by talking to your doctor, calling a friend or family member, or calling one of the helplines below. Did you know that calls to Lifeline from mobile phones are free? You can still call from your mobile even if you have a pre-paid account that’s out of credit.

Helplines

Helpline
Phone
Service offered
Lifeline
13 11 14
24/7 counselling
Suicide Call Back Service
1300 659 467
24/7 counselling for people at risk of suicide, carers and bereaved
MensLine Australia
1300 78 99 78
24/7 support for men dealing with relationship and family issues
Kids Help Line
1800 55 1800
24/7 counselling for young people 5–25 years
SuicideLine Victoria
(Victoria only)
1300 651 251
24/7 counselling for people at risk of suicide, carers and bereaved
Telephone Interpreter Service
131 450
If English is not your first language, call the Telephone Interpreter Service for assistance calling a helpline.